In the cultural mixing pot that is Hong Kong, there are new exciting dining and drinking concepts popping up all the time, from innovative fine dining and internationally known restaurants coming to the city for the first time to locally-born exploratory fusion. Stay on top of the need-to-knows of the dining scene with our restaurant and bar opening guide.
Bochord, Causeway Bay’s newest gem, where dining feels like an exploration in a sophisticated library. This restaurant, designed like a luxurious library, offers an intriguing seven-course tasting experience for $1,388 per person. Savour exquisite dishes like the Carabinero Red Prawn with Shrimp Roe Noodles, or the iconic charcoal-grilled A5 Miyazaki-gyu rib cap. Each dish is a celebration of global flavours, perfectly paired with art-inspired cocktails.
Shop 1101, 11/F, World Trade Center, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | +852 3613 0092
Croque is Central’s upcoming hotspot for sandwich aficionados. Opening in December on Wellington Street, Croque is all about mastering the art of the croque monsieur. Dive into “The Classic”, a heavenly combo of Paris ham, Emmental cheese, creamy mornay béchamel, and tangy pickles. For a twist, try the “Captain Hook” packed with smoked salmon and horseradish sour cream. Keep tabs on their Instagram for the grand opening!
1 Lyndhurst Tower, 78 Wellington Street, Central | Instagram
Helmed by Chef Gavin Chin, formerly of Brut!, this contemporary restaurant, influenced by multiple cultures, offers an immersive experience with its unique Saharan decor and curved walls. Indulge in favourites like the prawn doughnut with laksa broth or the mouth-watering Mum’s Chicken Curry. Pair your meal with their innovative cocktails, such as the unique twist on the classic Martini or a refreshing Caipirinha. This innovative, interactive dining experience is not to be missed!
G/F, 335-339 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2886 9689
The cocktail salon Kinsman, is created to pay homage to traditional Cantonese spirits. Spearheaded by food journalist Gavin Yeung and Singular Concepts, their menu features an array of Chinese liquors, infused with the best local fruits and botanicals. It’s the perfect spot for those looking to experience the rich flavours of Cantonese heritage in a modern setting.
65 Peel Street, Central | Instagram
La Taverna, Hong Kong’s oldest Italian gem, is back in Tsim Sha Tsui with a delightful blend of tradition and modern flair. After a refresh, the restaurant now boasts an Italian-style outdoor terrazzo for al fresco dining and a deli counter, while retaining its 1960s charm. Enjoy the classics like Spaghetti alla Milionario and Homemade burrata with mixed tomato salad, all while enjoying wines from the historic Montecastello estate.
G/F, 36-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 5417 4355
Nikutoieba Matsuda, the much-celebrated Japanese Wagyu Kappou restaurant, has made its grand debut on Gough Street, Hong Kong. Known for its exquisite Wagyu beef, the restaurant offers an intimate setting with counter seats for an up-close culinary show. Dive into their 14-course omakase menu, featuring signature dishes like wagyu tartare sushi and a mouth-watering wagyu beef sando. With accolades in Japan’s Michelin Guide, this spot is a must-visit for meat lovers.
39 Gough Street, Central | Instagram
Check out Red Room, a chic speakeasy-style bar at K11 MUSEA. Hidden behind a wall of red lockers, this venue is a throwback to 1920s Shanghai, complete with plush velvet sofas and chinoiserie-style decor. Their cocktail menu boasts the Tea Fist, a whiskey homage to yum cha, and the Red Temptation, a rum-based delight. Escape for a night to a world where East meets West in the most sophisticated way.
Shop 606, 6/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2638 3382
Terracotta Lamma, the new seaside sanctuary on Lamma Island, brings Mediterranean cuisine to life. With a menu that celebrates the seasons, enjoy appetizers like hummus and labneh before indulging in mains such as roasted chicken with smoked labneh. The cocktail program, crafted by the team behind Shady Acres and Quality Goods Club, complements your meal with drinks like the signature gin & tonic. It’s an idyllic spot for honest, simple, and flame-touched flavours by the waterfront.
G/F, 47 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island | +852 9176 7500
ARTIFACT at BASEHALL 02 has transformed into ARTIFACT K•A•Y•A, an exciting premium izakaya-style chef’s table. With talents like Michael Larkin, Beckaly Franks, and Ezra Star behind this venture, expect a blend of fine produce and the approachable flavors of izakaya culture. Lunch starts at HK$230+10% per set, featuring Japanese donburis with pickles, soup, and fresh fruit. The 8-course dinner tasting menu begins at HK$1,288+10% per guest, with optional caviar and wine pairings. Plus, there’s an extensive à la carte menu with delectable Izakaya bites. And that’s not all – pair your meal with refreshing highballs and sake bombs in their exciting beverage program!
No, 1 & 2, Shop 5 & 7, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central | +852 6468 8762
Originating from Shanghai, this beloved hotpot sensation is the first in town to bring Thai broths that showcase the rich flavours of Thai spices. Select from signature broths like Tom Yum Goong Shrimp Broth, Coconut Milk Chicken Broth, and Slow-cooked Beef Brisket Broth, perfect for the cooler weather now! Enjoy a selection of hand-pounded meatballs, premium meats, and fresh seafood in their Thai-style hot pot. Craving Bangkok street food? Try Lemongrass Chicken Wings, Grilled Pork Neck, and Satay Chicken Skewers. And don’t leave without trying their famous Signature Whole Coconut Pudding for a sweet ending.
Shop 708, 7F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Shatin Centre Street, Sha Tin | +852 2618 0992
Drawing inspiration from the Roman goddess of love, Italian-Mediterranean restaurant Juno promises a tranquil dining experience with its soothing design and exciting culinary offerings. Opening its doors in early November, Juno invites you to savour authentic flavours from the southern European coast. With Chef Jordi Vallés Claverol at the helm, Juno brings a taste of Italy and the Mediterranean to Hong Kong, complemented by a well-curated wine selection and creative cocktails.
G/F, 88 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan | +852 2703 5188
The brand new Indian restaurant, LEELA, is coming to Causeway Bay this mid-November. This modern Indian restaurant, brought to you by JIA Group and Chef-Owner Manav Tuli, promises to redefine Indian cuisine. Inspired by India’s rich history, LEELA offers an authentic menu that pays homage to influential empires, all while using top-quality local ingredients for a sustainable dining experience. The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability extends to its design, with eco-friendly touches throughout.
Shop 301-310, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay | website
If you have a sweet tooth like us, don’t miss the time-limited LMO Freshly Baked Special Edition Pop-up at LANDMARK! From November 1 to December 31, 2023, this pop-up will return with a collection of irresistible Basque Burnt Cheesecakes, featuring unique flavours crafted by Chef Richard Ekkebus and Executive Pastry Chef Carles Codina, such as the chef’s favourite Double Bourbon Vanilla Burnt Basque Cheesecake. With a background spanning Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels worldwide, Chef Carles brings his culinary expertise to Hong Kong, offering a fresh take on the classic Spanish pastry.
Shop 350, LANDMARK ATRIUM, Central | +852 2132 0188
Located at the former Potato Head site, Melody is set to be a haven for food and music lovers, offering a unique blend of dining, drinking, and entertainment. Chef Jamie Draper, previously at Mr. Wolf, whips up seasonal European dishes with a twist, while bar manager Kaan Gilmour serves up classic cocktails with a molecular-gastronomy twist. DJ Johnny Hiller curates the music room with diverse genres, making it a hotspot for audiophiles in Hong Kong.
100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | +852 9593 8110
The wait is over! Nobu, the renowned restaurant co-founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, is making a grand return to Regent Hong Kong. This beloved eatery, perched with stunning views of Victoria Harbour, offers a unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian culinary influences. It’s not just about food; it’s about a memorable dining experience, complete with warm service and Japanese hospitality. Nobu’s menu features iconic dishes like Black Cod with Miso and Yellowtail Jalapeño, plus creative cocktails and exclusive sake.
2/F, Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2313 2313
Coming soon to Duddell Street in Central is Plaisance by Mauro Colagreco, an exciting culinary project by Lai Sun Dining and world-renowned chef Mauro Colagreco. This restaurant spans three floors, covering nearly 10,000 square feet, and aims to redefine dining experiences in Hong Kong. Each floor offers a unique atmosphere inspired by the ocean’s depths. The first floor focuses on fine dining with seasonal seafood, the second floor offers casual dining and afternoon tea, while the basement hosts an exclusive members-only club.
1 Duddell Street, Central | website
On the lively Hillwood Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, the new Lebanese restaurant Rue Du Liban has just opened its doors. With a rich background spanning luxury hotels and culinary ventures across continents, restaurateur Imran Khaleel and Executive Chef Maged Makram have joined forces to create a menu that showcases the best of Lebanon, featuring an authentic selection of Sambousek, Lebanese savoury pastries, and an array of satisfying sharing grilled mains such as Grilled Tiger Prawns with Garlic Sauce and Mixed Grill with Lamb, Chicken, Beef. You’ll find traditional flavours and ingredients straight from Lebanon, making each bite a true delight.
Shop A, G/F, Hillwood Court, 22-26 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2310 2922
Located at Cubus in Causeway Bay, this intimate 18-seat bar has officially opened its doors. Led by Chief Group Bartender Rayven Leung and his team of cocktail artisans, the Japanese cocktail bar is all about bespoke Japanese cocktails and top-notch hospitality. Inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘takumi’ or ‘artisan,’ the salon offers a wide range of personalized drinks that cater to your taste.
3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay | +852 5394 3681
Central’s music scene is about to get a whole lot groovier with The Trilogy, brought to you by Singular Concepts, the mastermind behind The Daily Tot, Barkada, and more. This 7,000 sq ft music paradise spans two floors atop H Code, offering three different musical experiences. First up is Keyz, the vibrant nightclub that opened on October 28, boasting diverse music genres to get you moving. Then, in mid-November, the rooftop bar Wav will open its doors, providing stunning skyline views and beach club vibes just like in Miami and Phuket. Stay tuned for the speakeasy, which is set to open soon!
45 Pottinger Street 26/F, High Block, H Code, Central | website
Header image credits: Regent Hong Kong